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The MA in Fine Art enables you to evaluate and develop your creative practice to the highest standards. It develops theoretical awareness, critical thinking and independent arts practice to a professional level.
The course facilitates critical debate between artists working within and across media areas including painting, photography, digital imaging, printmaking, sculpture, installation and site-specific art. Alongside your studio-based enquiry, you will undertake related research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.
You will have access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support. Our research-active staff provide continual mentoring to help you position your practice within professional cultural environments, arts-related employment or higher-level academic research.
You can study this course full-time or part-time, and you will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links with galleries, including the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. The course often offers international study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination. Recent visits have included France, Italy, Spain, India, Vietnam and the USA.
As well as the existing connections between this course and regional galleries and art organisations, we encourage you to engage with external activities and events, nationally and internationally. A group of MA Fine Art students also attended a printmaking residency at the world-renowned Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium.
Our teaching staff have a broad range of research interests reflecting the disciplines available on the course, and all staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. Visiting speakers have included renowned artists such as Richard Long, Marcus Harvey, Simon Callery, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Lisa Milroy, David Batchelor, Richard Deacon, Svetlana Fialova, Richard Patterson, Ian McKeever, Dan Hays and Richard Wilson along with innovative arts organisations such as Artangel.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
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If you are starting your course in February, you will study at Avenue Campus until September 2018, when the new Waterside Campus opens.
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When you start this course, you will being with the module ‘Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies’ to give you a grounding in different research-based methods in Fine Art.
During the first trimester you will also undertake the 20 credit studio-based module ‘Fine Art Practice’ in which you will begin to critically re-appraise and position your creative practice. If you are studying full-time, you will also take ‘Interfacings’, a 20 credit module that considers a set of theoretical debates, issues and contexts that are pertinent to an interdisciplinary approach to artistic practice.
Your second trimester will include ‘Fine Art Practice and Context’, which culminates in a public developmental exhibition of your work. While you are studying this module, full-time students can also opt to take either the project-based ‘Independent Study’ or the 20 credit module ‘Creative Practice and Enterprise.’
The final stage of the MA Fine Art course will include either producing and exhibiting a body of creative work or completing a 15-18,000 word dissertation.
Course modules (17/18)
Fine Art Practice and Documentation (20 credits)
- Module code: ARTM029
- Core module Y
Interfacings: Fine Art and Postmodern Practice (20 credits)
- Module code: ARTM030
- Core module Y
Fine Art Practice and Context (40 credits)
- Module code: ARTM031
- Core module Y
Independent Study in the Arts (20 credits)
- Module code: ARTM027
- Core module Y
Research Project/Dissertation (60 credits)
- Module code: ARTM003
- Core module Y
Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies (20 Credits)
- Module code: ARTM041
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
International study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination. Recent visits have included France, Italy, Spain, India, Vietnam and the USA.
Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive. UK trips would typically cost £10-£50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 and a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta would cost around £800-£900. Some students have subsidised this further through fundraising activities.
Methods of Learning
We take a range of approaches to teach this course, to help you learn in the best way for you. A combination of tutorials, group critiques, research supervision, lectures and seminars will give you theoretical and practical experience.
During the first and second trimester specific modules are usually delivered on Mondays 9:30am to 4pm.
The course is assessed in both theory and practice by assignment, examination, portfolio submission and exhibition.
You will produce work throughout the course for informal feedback, which does not contribute to your final grade but will give you the chance to improve your work. The MA Fine Art has three formal assessment periods in February, May and September, and these will contribute to your final grade.
Facilities and Special Features
From September 2018 your teaching will take place at Waterside Campus, but the Fine Art subject is also enriched through a spectrum of professional specialist spaces which we will be keeping at Avenue Campus. These include:
- fine art new media space
- photographic studio
- photographic dark room
- wood workshop
- metal workshop
- plaster and resin workshop
- etching printroom
- screen printing room (including laser cutting)
- the drawing lab (drawing research space and life room)
- canvas preparation room
- bookable installation spaces
The MA Fine Art is excellent preparation for both professional cultural environments and higher research study. You may choose to pursue a PhD with us, through traditional or practice-led methodologies, and the MA is a comprehensive and relevant foundation for such study.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Prospective students should present a portfolio of work together with supporting evidence that is representative of their current creative practice.
Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in Fine Art. Under exceptional circumstances, other candidates will be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£3,600 (Year one 100 Credits) £2,880 (Year two 80 Credits)|
Graduates of the university may be eligible for a 20% discount.
Year two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase for 17/18
The cost of your materials will not be covered by your tuition fees. It is very hard to approximate these costs, as it depends on what materials you will be using. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. You will be responsible for locating alternative and specialist materials, which can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.